Michel Platini Taken Into Custody Over 2022 World Cup

Michel Platini arrest

Michel Platini arrest

Former Uefa president Michel Platini is being questioned by French anti-corruption investigators over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Platini himself is no stranger to controversy, having previously been hit with a global ban from any football activities after being found guilty of breaching FIFA's ethics regulations back in 2016. He helped Blatter become Federation Internationale de Football Association president in an eve-of-tournament election dogged by claims of vote-buying by other campaign supporters.

Dion remains detained with Platini. "Not that I knew why I was there in the first place... this is an old story I already answered", Platini said. It hurts, it hurts.

Questions have always been raised over the Gulf State's suitability to host the World Cup.

"I replied to all the questions calmly, while still not knowing why I was there", he added.

Platini released a statement on Tuesday afternoon in which his lawyer, William Bourdon, said his client was innocent of all charges and he was co-operating with all inquiries.

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But his name has increasingly been clouded by inquiries into FIFA's choice of Qatar to host the World Cup, in an upset win over bids from the U.S., Australia, South Korea and Japan.

Claude Gueant, the former general secretary of the Elysee Palace under president Nicolas Sarkozy, will be questioned but not while under arrest.

Qatar has been accused of buying votes in its bid to stage the World Cup and a subsequent report by United States independent investigator Michael Garcia unearthed an array of suspect financial dealings, many linked to Sandro Rosell, the ex-Barcelona president who served as a consultant for Qatar. Suspicions surrounding Platini's motivations were raised when it became public that he had had a lunch with Sarkozy and the future Emir of Qatar. Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part, saying he is "absolutely confident in the future" and has "strictly nothing to reproach himself for".

Platini was elected UEFA president in January 2007, then in March 2011 he was re-elected, and in March 2015 he was unanimously elected to the third term.

French prosecutors are known to be investigating an array of winning bids for major sports events, including the 2018 World Cup, awarded to Russian Federation, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and track and field World Championships. Platini had already been heard as a witness in December 2017.

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